NSTA’s K-College March 2016 Science Education Journals Online

NSTA’s K-College March 2016 Science Education Journals Onlinev2

Looking to show your students the connections between plants, animals, and the environment? Want in-depth activities to explain physical science concepts to your middle school students? Are your students interested in how solar energy works? Are you curious about connecting intermolecular forces to real world phenomena using a concept-building activity? The March K–College journals from the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) have the answers you need. Written by science teachers for science teachers, these peer-reviewed journals are targeted to your teaching level and are packed with lesson plans, expert advice, and ideas for using whatever time/space you have available. Browse the March issues; they are online (see below), in members’ mailboxes, and ready to inspire teachers!

Science and Children sc_mar16_cov

It may be hard to see on first glance, but examples of human impacts on Earth are all around us. Through the activities in this issue, students will learn about ecology while gaining a deeper connection to plants, animals, and the environment.

Featured articles (please note, only those marked “free” are available to nonmembers without a fee):

Science Scopess_mar16_cov

Seeing is believing—and it can also lead to understanding, as is the case when you use a thermal imaging camera to explore the concept of the conservation of energy. This is just one of the hands-on activities you’ll find in this issue that will help you explain physical science concepts to your middle level students.

Featured articles (please note, only those marked “free” are available to nonmembers without a fee):

The Science Teachertst_mar16_cov

Solar energy is clean, free, and abundant worldwide. The challenge, however, is to convert it to useful forms that can reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. In this issue, the feature article “Powered by the Sun” presents an activity in which students learn firsthand how solar energy can be used to produce electricity specifically for transportation. The activity introduces students to solar-powered mass transit and challenges them to design their own solar vehicle. “Building a Greener Future,” another article using the engineering-design process, describes how students designed and built compost bins for a community garden. This issue also addresses partition coefficients in chemistry, using the starlet sea anemone in biological research, and the challenges posed by the language of science texts—and how to overcome them.

Featured articles (please note, only those marked “free” are available to nonmembers without a fee):

Journal Of College Science Teaching jcst_marchapril_cov

Read about a study that focused on connecting the abstract science concept of intermolecular forces to real-world phenomena using a concept-building activity. See the Research and Teaching article that examined the effect of a 6-week summer bridge program on STEM retention of targeted demographic groups. And be sure to read the Two-Year Community column article about an online Introduction Biology course designed to follow the recommendations from the Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education: A Call to Action report.

Featured articles (please note, only those marked “free” are available to nonmembers without a fee):

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